Attorney General Jeff Sessions delivered the news that DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, has been put to an end by the Trump administration. The end of DACA will affect around 800,000 undocumented immigrants’ futures. Although DACA has been announced to be ending, it will not be ended instantly. President Donald Trump gave Congress six months to figure out a resolution for the Dreamers, those affected DACA.
DACA recipients still have until Oct. 5, 2017, to renew their applications if their DACA expires between now and March 5, 2018, New applicants will not be accepted if they apply after the announcement was made. DACA is still in effect as of now and cannot be nullified by the Department of Homeland Security.
Many recipients are now questioning what to do after the announcement. Dreamers should first know their rights. Researching state laws on DACA is important for those covered by the Act in order to know what they can still do and what laws could possibly change. Individuals with additional questions should consult an attorney.
Those covered by DACA should remember their social security numbers and their USCIS work permit number. SSNs are valid for life. While the DACA is still in effect, those who haven’t should achieve a state identification card, and if possible, a driver’s license, since certain states could have different laws when it comes to getting both documents. Dreamers should also make copies of all documents including state ID’s, work permits and passports.
The best advice for those protected by DACA is not to panic. There are multiple resources that are provided for Dreamers. Lawyers and many DACA supporters are stepping up to provide help for them. Petitions and protests are adding more awareness to the situation. This may be the ending of DACA, but it is not the end for Dreamers who will continue to strive for success and will not give up their American dreams